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Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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Merseyside Lowland Search and Rescue (MERSAR) visits Southport

THE newest volunteer emergency response charity has been gearing up for a very busy summer. Although primarily based on the Wirral, Merseyside Lowland Search and Rescue (MERSAR) is on call for the whole of Merseyside, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, under the direction of the local emergency services, like Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the Police.

In 2016, for example, the team assisted the search for a missing boy, at Formby Point, along with other services, including the Coastguard. They are the equivalent to the Mountain Rescue and every member is a volunteer, meaning that no charge is made for the Team's services. But just as with Mountain Rescue, the team members are highly qualified and to put them through the training requires donations to pay for the training and equipment. The team have been in Southport a few times and on 22 April 2017, they popped over this time, to set up shop on Lord Street, Southport, to do a collection.

But the mostly important part of it was to make people aware of them and what they do. Now with more members qualified, they are getting ready to help with more emergencies. Currently the team has 25 active members, that includes' Heart Paramedics, Swift Water Rescue Technicians and a team Doctor. They also have a host of other volunteers with other skills in training. For more information about your Lowland Search and Rescue Team, visit:- MerSAR.Org.UK The charity are looking for new members and also people to help with fund raising. If you can lend a hand and help them to save lives, please do get in contact with them.

Southport Swords practice on St George's Day for the traditional May Day Tour of Sefton

THE Southport Swords, who were founded in 1968, were out and about on St George's Day, 23 April 2017, performing on Southport's streets, with a dragon... The team is credited as Sefton's finest Men's Long sward and Morris Dance group. Keep an eye out on 1 May 2017, in and around Southport for them, as they will be performing traditional May Day celebrations. Weather permitting they hope to be performing on 1 May 3 special dances that they have devised themselves along with other traditional 1 May dances. Locations will include the following:-

► Starting at 5.20am, on Princes Gardens, Southport, until around 6am for the Drawn Dance.
► The Swords will then travel to Crosby Beach, performing for a short time from around 10am.
► The Swords then move on to Little Crosby Hall, for another performance, at around 10.40am.
► Then heading back to Southport, to perform in Birkdale at around 11:40am.
► The group will stop off at 1pm. in Britannic Gardens, Churchtown, for a short performance.
► Other locations will then be added on the day.
► The last show is due to take place at around 3pm on Southport's newly renovated Kings Gardens, next to the Marine Lake.

If weather is bad, they will move into local pubs and also look at other alternative locations. Please also note that these times might also change due to traffic and other factors.

If you want to know more about the Southport Swords, they currently practise on Tuesday nights, 9.00pm to 10.30pm, at The Mount, Manchester Rd, Southport. The Southport Swords are male only dancers and to join them you do not need experience, but must be over 16 years of age.

Should you wish to book them, they are available to dance at:- weddings, functions, fetes, festivals, store openings, days of dance etc. To book call Geoff Charleton on:- 01695575235, or call Dave Roberts on:- 01704-212422, alternatively you can email them.

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